Consultation: Supporting innovation in the 100-200 GHz range

  • Start: 17 January 2020
  • Status: Open
  • End: 20 March 2020

We are proposing to enable greater access to Extremely High Frequency (EHF) spectrum in the 100-200 GHz frequency range, given the potential to support a range of new wireless services in the future. Other countries are also looking to use these spectrum bands, including the recent decision of the Federal Communications Commission to make them available in the USA. By increasing access to this spectrum, UK innovators – and, in future, consumers – could benefit from international research collaboration, as well as economies of scale as new internationally compatible devices are likely to emerge.

We believe these proposals would help position the UK at the forefront of developing new services to use this spectrum and in doing so help deliver benefits to people and businesses.

Responding to this consultation

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We have published a second version of our “Supporting innovation in the 100-200 GHz range” consultation, initially published on 17 January 2020, to incorporate a number of clarifications, including on the proposed technical conditions that would apply to licensed devices used indoors. This is reflected by the following changes to the document:

Section 5

  • In Section 5, we have amended paragraphs 5.2, 5.8, 5.9, 5.12 and 5.20-5.23, including Table 5.1, to clarify that EIRP limits at angles relative to the main beam in elevation and the antenna pointing restriction would apply to outdoor use only under the proposed licensing regime.

Annexes

  • In paragraph A6.23, we have corrected the ITU Recommendation number to ITU-R RS.1813-1.
  • In paragraph A6.29, we have clarified that lower EIRP limits at specified angles and the antenna pointing restriction would apply to outdoor use only under the proposed licence exemption regime.
  • We have amended paragraphs A6.34-A6.36, including Table A6.2, to clarify that lower EIRP limits at specified angles and the antenna pointing restriction would apply to outdoor use only under the proposed licensing regime.
  • In the draft IR 2030 amendments at annex 7 and draft new UK IR 2106 at annex 8, we have amended six instances of “Out of band emissions should be limited to -10 dBm/MHz” to “Out of band emissions must be limited to -10 dBm/MHz”.
  • In both tables of the draft new UK IR 2106 at annex 8, we have clarified that lower EIRP limits at specified angles and the antenna pointing restriction would apply to outdoor use only under the proposed licensing regime.
  • In Schedules 1 and 2 of the draft licence at annex 9, we have clarified that lower EIRP limits at specified angles and the antenna pointing restriction would apply to outdoor use only under the proposed licensing regime.

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